The effect of music on isokinetic peak torque during performance in female collegiate athletes
BACKGROUND: Studies—focused mainly on cycle ergometry, treadmill exercise and psychological impacts, while largely ignoring isokinetic exercise, have found that music can significantly improve exercise performance.
OBJECTIVE: This study proposed to investigate the effect of up-tempo music on isokinetic peak torque as measured by the knee extensors.
METHODS: Researchers recruited 25 female collegiate varsity athletes, who performed concentric knee extensions on the Cybex NORM for 4 sessions separated by at least 24 hours. Each session, with randomized up-tempo music and no-music conditions, subjects performed submaximal and maximal concentric knee extensions at five velocities (60, 120, 180, 240, and 300 deg/sec) to achieve peak torque with a one-minute rest between sets. A paired t-test (α < 0.05) was performed between music and no-music conditions for the five velocities.
RESULTS: Researchers marked no significant difference in performance between musical conditions at any velocity.
CONCLUSION: The results of this study agree with previous isokinetic research: Music did not significantly affect isokinetic performance. Results could be attributed to music’s reduced effect on trained athletes or music’s inability to affect exercise fueled mainly by the ATP-PC system. Future isokinetic research should consider testing untrained subjects and isokinetic endurance.
Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science
Date of Award
Fair, Olivia, "The effect of music on isokinetic peak torque during performance in female collegiate athletes" (2016). Honors Program Theses. 17.
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